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How To Make Money Online Selling Great Gifts - NO INVENTORY OR OUTLAY!

Updated on January 27, 2012
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Grace Bay Sunset Women's Dark T-Shirt
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Grace Bay Sunset Black Cap
Grace Bay Sunset Beach Tote
Grace Bay Sunset Beach Tote

Open Your Own Online Store

Have you ever thought about making a product at home that you could market online and sell for a profit?

Maybe you've dismissed the idea in the past because you couldn't afford to put up any outlay, or because you don't have the storage space to keep a bulky inventory of product?

Well, that's okay. Check out!

Imagine designing your own unique gifts from the comfort of your own home, using nothing more than a computer, the internet, and a Paypal account to receive your commissions.

Within 1 hour, you could have your own e-store, selling up to 250 completely original and different products, and be in a position to make 10% commission or more on your sales. You won't have to spend a penny!

Got Images?

If you have some great photos on your computer, which most people have, then you too can start designing and selling some great gifts TODAY!

Or perhaps you are a budding artist with some ideas for original logos, designs or artwork that would look fabulous on a t-shirt, a mug, a pair of earrings or as a framed print. All you need is a good quality original image on your computer in the form of a .JPG or .PNG file. The better your image, the better your products will look (meaning you will make more money).

How Does Cafepress Work?

With Cafepress, you simply sign up for a free account and then you can get started straight away by opening your first shop.

You have 2 options:-

  • Open a Basic Shop which gives you have the ability to sell over 250 products in a simple one-page shop. The Basic Shop is totally free and requires no technical or design skills whatsoever!
  • Open a Premium Shop if you are very serious about making money! You can customize your shopping experience even further for just $4.99 per month.

To start off your online business, sign up for a Basic Shop and Cafepress will talk you through the steps you need to upload your first image and then turn it into great gifts.

The first online store I opened with Cafepress was "Grace Bay Sunset"; I uploaded a photograph that I took of a beautiful sunset over Grace Bay beach whilst on vacation in the Turks and Caicos last year.

Once my photo was uploaded, I was able to sell it as a framed print, posters, magnets, t-shirts, mugs, pajamas, hats...even ipad and iphone cases!

Remember, there are over 250 products to choose from, and you have complete control over which products you want to sell in your shop.

In fact, the possibilities are huge with Cafepress because if you have more images that you would like to use, you can open as many basic shops as you like, and still not have any outlay!

The second online store I opened is called "Grand Cayman Flowers"; I uploaded a photograph of my wedding bouquet that I had laid down in the sand, on the beach of the Grand Cayman. I had great fun designing bags, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and other great gifts to put in my "Grand Cayman Flowers" online store.

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Set Your Own Commissions

You can choose to set your own commissions, or you can have Cafepress determine a commission level for you. For example, you are given a base price for each product and then you can choose to set the retail price at 10%, 20% or more above the base. Any money you make over and above the base price is paid to your Paypal account as commission. If you're not sure what level to set your retail price at, don't worry because there are several easy options to choose from.

Cafepress will then take care of your Customers' orders, manufacture your products, ship them worldwide, and accept payment on your behalf. They even provide all the Customer Service, including any returns!

Promote Your Online Shop and Make Money

Cafepress gives you the option to provide tags in exactly the same way as Hubpages does. Assigning tags describing what your online store is selling will promote your online business by allowing the search engines to pick up your unique URL.

Tell all your friends and family about your new online gift store and start making money right away!


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    • Fennelseed profile image

      Annie Fenn 

      9 years ago from Australia

      I have gone into the link and checked this out and it seems awesome. Thank you for spreading the word here. I do note your previous comment and understand the committment you would need to put into it to see any real gain, but hey nothing comes easy!!! The same goes for hubpages. I have some neat photos that I would love made into items, so might just create some stuff for myself to start with. Thank you again for sharing this info.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Dream On! I have made some commission but so far not enough to reach their payout threshold. I think how much money you make with this really depends on how much effort you put in (like anything I suppose). I would need to promote my Cafepress store more to gain more traffic and sales. Thanks for you interest!

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      DREAM ON 

      9 years ago

      I just read your article how is it going after three months.I would love to see your artwork at cafepress.It is so nice when other people find interesting ways to make money.Today everyone is looking to bring in an extra income one way or another.Thank you for sharing.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi thelyricwriter, thanks for your great comment and feedback, it is a great start for anyone wanting to get their artwork noticed! Take care :-)

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      9 years ago from West Virginia

      Useful, awesome, and interesting! Votes that is. This is a great way for someone that does their own art to get started. An opportunity of a lifetime really. As an artist, I can appreciate a site like this. I have never heard of this before. Even if it is 100% your work and only 10% commission, you still get your idea out there. Someone important might see it. Or you could alter it a tad. Anywho, great article and well written. Thanks for the share.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi cowgirljess, thanks for stopping by to read my hub. I think with your great fashion knowledge you would be quite successful at running a Cafepress online shop :-)

    • cowgirljess profile image


      9 years ago from Nor Cal

      Great hub and what a great idea for making money online with no out of cost expense, it is just what i need to help get some extra income. I will be joining cafepress very soon. :)

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Richard, I hope it helps you, and thanks for posting your great comment. I am always looking for new and genuine ideas. I just checked out your links to interesting! Does it work well?

    • Richard83 profile image


      10 years ago from West Virginia

      Thanks for the advice. I am all about making money and I have been looking for a place to sell my ideas. Thanks so much. Very useful info. Much appreciated.

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi acaetnna, I appreciate it - thanks for stopping by :-)

    • acaetnna profile image


      10 years ago from Guildford

      Ah thank you - sounds great. I shall definitely bookmark this page and check it out!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Jill, I think your photography would look awesome on these gifts! If you do open your own e-store, please send me the link - I would love to take a look! All the best :-)

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi daisyjae, it's great fun to set up your own shop and see your own designs in action, I hope you enjoy it.

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      This sounds like fun! Maybe I should try this.

      Thanks for this great info!

    • daisyjae profile image


      10 years ago from Canada

      This sounds like a fun and easy way to make money, i will have to look into it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi aw1219, Glad you enjoyed; I appreciate the comment!

    • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi Dexter, KoffeeKlatch Gals and Movie Master, I was really excited when I found this opportunity and am so pleased that you are all going to set up accounts too. I can't wait to hear all about your online stores, send me links and everything!!

      All the best,


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      Movie Master 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Cloverleaf, You've sold it to me! well explained, I have checked it out and set up an account, well done, thank you!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      How clever you are. I checked out this site and it seems to be everything you said it was. I am setting up and account. Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

      Dexter Yarbrough 

      10 years ago from United States

      Hi Cloverleaf! Extremely informative hub. I am going to set up an account and give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


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